Have you ever wondered why Germany wears white, even though it’s not a color on their country’s flag? Fans are only finding out why.
There are few national teams more iconic than Germany, especially when it comes to the World Cup, a tournament in which they rarely fail to reach the late stages.
Of course, they failed to make it past the group stage four years ago, succumbing to the curse of the reigning champions, and their shock opening loss to Japan last week made it look like it would happen again.
However, prior to 2018, they had reached the semifinals at least in all four previous tournaments and 1978, when there were two group stages, was the last time they did not reach at least the quarterfinals.
In addition to the team being iconic, their kits are also iconic, with their classic white that is usually combined with a beautiful print, with their famous 1990 shirt, when they became champions for the third time, one of the all-time classics of the Cup. of the world.
Unlike England, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States, Cameroon and many others, Germany’s uniform has nothing to do with its country’s flag.
The European country uses a tricolor of red, black, and yellow, but they don’t play in any of those colors, instead choosing white.
That’s because of the color of the flag of Prussia, the state that stretched from the present border of Russia to the border of France in the west.
The area known as the German empire had a white flag, originally with a cross in the middle, later replaced by the black eagle, which still adorns their team’s emblem.
When the German soccer team was created in 1899, they decided to adopt the Prussian colors, keeping them even after the Kingdom of Prussia ended almost two decades later.
It meant that if Japan beat Costa Rica, who lost their opener 7-0 to Spain, and any positive result for Spain, Germany would have been out.
However, Flick’s team was saved by Costa Rica who rallied after the humiliation of the first game to earn a point against Japan.